Intersolar Europe 2011 blogs
Intersolar, how about gender equality?
Of all my years coming to Intersolar, I never cease to be disappointed at the limited number of women actually doing business. Are women in the PV industry only good for distributing flyers, handing out drinks and smiles?
Feed-in tariffs and the future of our business
Although there are some newbies around, most of the people at Intersolar this year are regulars, even though not many can claim they’re from the pre-Munich era, when the fair was still based in Frieburg.
"Innovations in Value-Add"
I have been writing for the past couple of days about the shift in PV power to more utility-scale applications. I believe that it is the move to utility-scale that will ultimately bring down the cost (or Levelized Cost of...
What would the electricity payer say when they see the huge exhibition and sometimes luxurious expenses of the industry, paid by the payers of the FIT? Some more modesty would be better for the PV industry.
Batteries and storage technology
At this year’s Intersolar, batteries and storage technology are big topics, particularly in relation to off-grid solar in third world countries, where access to the grid and ability to feed into the grid is rather difficult.
Ignore quality and standards at your own peril
At Intersolar, quality (or at least its claim) is everywhere. You walk around and certain words keep popping-up: "quality", "excellence", "reliability", "trust" are printed everywhere, from stands to t-shirts, bags and stickers.
Prior to becoming Secretary General of the Alliance for Rural Electrification, Simon Rolland was its policy and development manager for four years. Before that, he worked at the European Parliament, and for a number of different NGOs.
Kleber Facchini is the business development manager, Utility Solar for American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC). He joined AMSC in 2008, as the principal applications engineer working on the power electronics products of the company and its applications, including wind, energy storage, marine and solar projects. Prior to this, he worked for Northern Power Systems on R&D for power electronics applications, most significantly leading the redesign and cost reduction effort of the power conversion system of a 100 kW wind turbine.
Innotech Solar’s execution vice president for power plants, Robert Kröni, has served the PV industry for over 25 years. His previous positions include CEO of Edisun Power Group, and partner and project manager for Enecolo AG. He has been setting up PV plants since 1989.
Michael Levi is the senior director of worldwide marketing for Satcon Technologies Corporation. With over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing leadership, Michael has been a central part of Satcon’s global expansion in the large-scale inverter marketplace. Prior to joining the company, he held increasingly senior roles within the high technology industry, including director of solutions strategy at i2 Technologies and director of product marketing at RiverOne Technologies.